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Press Release
#79194
2011-05-23

India Launches National Preparations for the 2012 Hyderabad Biodiversity Summit

Montreal, 23 May 2011— As part of the launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, India began preparations for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) scheduled to be held in Hyderabad from 1 to 19 October 2012.

Press Release
#79143
2011-05-20

The Republic of Korea, the Champion of the Green Growth, Now also a Champion for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal 20 May 2011. The Republic of Korea celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity in Sangju City today with the participation of more than 1,000 people. This year’s celebration of the International Day coincides with the celebration of the International Year of Forests and is ...

Press Release
#79166
2011-05-20

The South African National Biodiversity Institute the first African partner to join the Convention’s Consortium of Scientific Partners on Biodiversity

Montreal, 20 May 2011. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has joined the Consortium of Scientific Partners of the Convention on Biological Diversity, thus becoming its sixteenth member and the first from Africa.

Press Release
#79169
2011-05-20

New Web-Based Implementation Tool to Support Forest Protection and Sustainable Use Launched by the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a voluntary mechanism comprising 14 organizations and institutions with forest-related mandates, have called for improved coordination of biodiversi ...

Press Release
#79171
2011-05-20

Mauritania Becomes 23rd Signatory to the Two New Biodiversity Treaties

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – Mauritania has signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization and the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, mak ...

Press Release
#79311
2011-05-20

Marine Biodiversity, Theme for the 2012 International Day for Biological Diversity

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – Challenges facing marine biodiversity are unprecedented. Life in the oceans is under serious threats. Continuously increasing human impacts in coastal areas have destroyed over 65% of seagrass and wetland habitat, degraded water quality and accelerated species invasions. ...

Press Release
#79123
2011-05-19

UN Biodiversity Chief Becomes Honorary Councillor of World Future Council

Hamburg, 19 May 2011 – United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf has become an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council (WFC). Using the slogan “Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is Our Life”, Mr. Djoghlaf was instrumental in leading the U ...

Press Release
#79098
2011-05-18

Gabon Signs the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization

Montreal, 18 May 2011 – Gabon has become the twenty-second signatory to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization.

Press Release
#78932
2011-05-12

The International Treaty on Damage Resulting from Living Modified Organisms Receives Sixteen Signatures

Montreal, 12 May 2011 – Fifteen countries and the European Union yesterday signed the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at a ceremony held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Press Release
#78923
2011-05-11

21 Parties Have Now Signed the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 11 May 2011 – Eight additional Parties today signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity, bringing the total number of signatories to 21.

Press Release
#78894
2011-05-10

GEF-CBD Partnering to Implement the Nagoya outcomes in Central America

Montreal, 10 May 2011 – Participants in the Central American Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes, held in Panama City on 4 May 2011, including national focal points for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (C ...

Press Release
#78863
2011-05-09

Building Capacity and Strategies in Asia to Save Biodiversity

Montreal,9 May 2011 – Twenty-one Asian countries are meeting in Xi’an from 9 to 16 May 2011 to develop the way forward in creating and implementing the national strategies needed to save biodiversity, and to ensure that these form part of the ten-year global effort towards building a sustainable ...

Press Release
#78781
2011-05-05

Biodiversity Awareness Keeps Rising among Consumers and Business

Paris/Montreal 5 May 2011. Biodiversity awareness has risen again among consumers and business, according to the latest edition of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) Biodiversity Barometer launched in Paris today.

Press Release
#78787
2011-05-05

Panama and Peru Sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources

Montreal, 5 May 2011 – Panama and Peru have become the 12th and 13th countries to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization.

Press Release
#78807
2011-05-05

Panama and Peru sign the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 5 May 2011 – Panama and Peru, on 3 and 4 May respectively, became the 5th and 6th countries to sign the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#78723
2011-05-04

Implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact in North Africa and the Middle East

Beirut, 4 May 2011 – Over five days, biodiversity experts and officials from across North Africa and the Middle East will work towards implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact. The Regional Workshop on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), organized by the Secr ...

Press Release
#78673
2011-05-02

Joint GEF-CBD Initiative to support implementation of the Nagoya Outcomes in South America

Montreal, 2 May 2011 – The South America Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes, held on 30 April 2011 in Cartagena, Colombia, gathered together, for the first time, focal points from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Global Environment Fac ...

Press Release
#78640
2011-04-29

Morocco Ratifies the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 29 April 2011 – Morocco deposited its instrument of ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 25 April 2011 and will become the 161st Party to the Protocol on 24 July 2011. The ratification comes as the Protocol enters a new phase which will be guided by a ten-year Strateg ...

Press Release
#78599
2011-04-28

Sudan Becomes the 11th Country to Sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources

Montreal, 28 April 2011 – on 21 April 2011, Sudan became the latest signatory to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization.

Press Release
#78508
2011-04-21

Two additional African countries sign the Nagoya protocol on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources

Montreal, 21 April 2011 – Seychelles and Mali have become the ninth and tenth signatories to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization.

Press Release
#78277
2011-04-12

New Support of Over €5 Million to Safeguard Biodiversity in Caucasus Wilderness Areas

Montréal, 12 April 2011—The long-term sustainability of nature’s bounty in the Caucasus has received a significant boost, thanks to the Government of Germany and three new corporate sponsors, through the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF). This funding will safeguard some of the highest global levels of ...

Press Release
#78288
2011-04-12

Enhanced GEF-CBD Collaboration in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes in Asia

Montreal, 12 April 2011 – Discussions about partnerships, funding, and national experiences took centre stage at the Asia Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes, held in Da Lat, Viet Nam, on 8 April 2011. The Workshop was organized in collaboration with t ...

Press Release
#78223
2011-04-08

Convention Secretariat Briefs Parliament of Botswana on the Role Parliamentarians Should Play in Biodiversity Management

Montreal, 8 April 2011 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) hosted a briefing for the Parliament of Botswana on 22 March 2011, highlighting the role parliamentarians should play in national and global biodiversity management, specifically in regard to the outcomes o ...

Press Release
#78157
2011-04-07

Rwanda Launches a Revision of Its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Montreal, 7 April 2011 – At the request of the Government of Rwanda, a team from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), visited Kigali on 23-24 March 2011 to assist the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in initiating its revision of the Rwandese national ...

Press Release
#78184
2011-04-07

The Biodiversity Family Stands in Solidarity with the People and Government of the Historic Nagoya Biodiversity Summit: CBD Secretariat steps up to support disaster relief efforts in Japan

Montreal, 7 April 2011 – In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, and in line with the message of support from Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the staff of the Montreal based Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) raised financial donations fo ...

Press Release
#78186
2011-04-07

Momentum Gained for the Early Entry into Force of the Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 7 April 2011 – Ecuador and the Central African Republic became the latest countries to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. Ecuador signed on 1 April 2011 and the Central African Republic ...

Press Release
#78123
2011-04-04

Translating the Aichi Biodiversity Targets into National Realities: Japan Biodiversity Fund Fully Operational

Montreal, 4 April 2011 – The first in a series of regional and sub-regional capacity-building workshops to strengthen national capacities for the development, implementation, reviewing, updating, and communication of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and help facilitat ...

Press Release
#77998
2011-03-30

The European Union Announces €3.1 Million to Secure Livelihoods in the Colombian Amazon through Forest Conservation

Bogotá, Colombia, 30 March 2011 - The long-term sustainability of nature’s bounty in the Colombian Amazon has received a significant boost thanks to 3.1 million euros in new funding from the European Union. The new project will improve livelihoods in the Colombian Amazon through the prevention ...

Press Release
#77944
2011-03-28

Joint GEF and CBD Exploration for Financial Solutions to Global Biodiversity Challenges in Eastern Europe

Montreal, 28 March 2011 – Participants in the first Eastern Europe Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance, held in Kiev on 25 March 2011, examined the national and regional implications of the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Re ...

Press Release
#77739
2011-03-22

Engaging the Canadian Business Community in Support of the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact. Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat Co-Hosts Biodiversity Workshop for Quebec-Based Companies.

Montreal, 22 March 2011 – Representatives from 30 companies and institutions representing the major economic sectors of Quebec joined the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) for a workshop on biodiversity for Quebec-based enterprises.

Press Release
#77664
2011-03-21

International Policy Award for Visionary Forest Policies: Sixteen Countries Nominated by Experts

New York / Montreal / Hamburg, 21 March 2011 – The list of nominees for this year’s Future Policy Award has been published. 19 forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for this international award. 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations, with ...

Press Release
#77630
2011-03-18

The Global Environment Facility establishes a dedicated Trust Fund for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

Montreal, 18 March 2011 – At the initiative of Japan, a dedicated Trust Fund for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization was established at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on 17 March 2011. The Trust F ...

Press Release
#77587
2011-03-16

Study under the Convention on Biodiversity Identifies Economic Incentives as A Key to Saving Biodiversity

Montreal, 16 March 2011 – A new report from the Convention on Biodiversity on the role of economic incentives in shaping environmental behaviour concludes that the removal of subsidies which lead to environmentally damaging practices, and the promotion of incentive schemes that promote positive ...

Press Release
#77455
2011-03-10

La Convention des Nations Unies sur la diversité bioloqique salue la création du Centre sur la biodiversité de Montréal

Montréal, 10 mars 2011 - Le Secrétariat de la Convention sur la diversité biologique salue la création du Centre sur la biodiversité de Montréal comme un exemple d'initiatives de la part de parties prenantes qui contribuera à faire progresser à la fois la science et la sensibilisation du public.

Press Release
#77377
2011-03-07

A New International Treaty to Address Damage that may Result from Living Modified Organisms Opens for Signature

Montreal, 7 March 2011 – At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was opened for signature by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Th ...

Press Release
#77243
2011-02-28

Rwanda Sixth Country to Sign International Protocol on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 28 February 2011 – Building momentum towards entry into force, Rwanda today became the sixth country to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.

Press Release
#77172
2011-02-25

Mexico Signs Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources: Megadiverse Country is the Fifth Signatory to the Historic Treaty

Montreal, 25 February 2011 – Mexico became the fifth country to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.

Press Release
#77101
2011-02-22

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Global Environment Facility Partnering for Advancing the Nagoya Outcomes at the Regional Level

Montreal, 22 February 2011: The Central African national focal points for the Convention on Biological Diversity and those of its financial arm, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), jointly attended a regional workshop on biodiversity and finance, held in Kinshasa in collaboration with the GEF ...

Press Release
#77073
2011-02-21

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity Finds Inspiring Commitment and Action for the Environment in Visit to Rwanda

Montreal, 21 February 2011. United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, Edward Norton, completed a three-day visit to Rwanda on Sunday, 20 February 2011. This was his first official country-visit since being appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010. He was accom ...

Press Release
#76778
2011-02-07

GEF Approves New Project to Support Early Entry into Force of the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 7 February 2011 – A major achievement of the recent tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was the adoption, after more than six years of negotiation, of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Shar ...

Press Release
#76732
2011-02-03

Theme of Future Policy Award 2011: Forest Protection - World Future Council to present awards in New York, September 2011

New York/Montreal/Hamburg, 3 February 2011 – During the International Year of Forests, decision makers will be asking the question: what are the policies that most successfully protect forests? The World Future Council, an international forum that provides decision-makers with effective policy s ...

Press Release
#76704
2011-02-02

Water Security Depends on Forests and Wetlands

Montreal, 2 February 2011 – In our rapidly urbanizing world water security is a key issue. Today, as we celebrate World Wetlands Day and inaugurate the International Year of Forests, it is important to recognize the critical links between water, forests, wetlands and people. More than one in si ...

Press Release
#76707
2011-02-02

A New Legal Instrument at the Service of Sustainable Development Opens for Signature

Montreal, 2 February 2011 – At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization was opened for signature by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Addressing the opening ...

Press Release
#75855
2010-12-13

London’s world renowned Natural History Museum joins forces with CBD for the implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Montreal, 13 December 2010 – The Natural History Museum of London, one of the world’s most preeminent centres of biodiversity research, has joined the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Consortium of Scientific Institutions. The Museum, home to life and science specimens ...

Press Release
#75719
2010-12-06

Biodiversity central for REDD-plus success and for climate solutions: Experts at Forest Day 4 meeting in Mexico link biodiversity and climate change agendas

Montreal, 6 December 2010 – Biodiversity underpins the resilience, health and productivity of forests and is therefore essential for the success of REDD-plus and other efforts for climate change mitigation and adaptation. As part of the fourth Forest Day, organised by the International Center ...

Press Release
#75662
2010-12-03

International Year of Biodiversity Wins the Green Award as Best Global Environmental Campaign

Montreal 3 December 2010. With the slogan “Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is our Life”, the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) won the coveted 2010 Green Award for best Global Campaign in recognition of the strength of a campaign that inspired activities throughout the ...

Press Release
#75537
2010-11-29

Message from Nagoya to Cancun and beyond: A sustainable future is founded on climate-resilient ecosystems and communities

Cancun, Mexico, 29 November 2010. Sustainable development in a world facing climate change can only be realized if coordinated action is taken to safeguard biodiversity and manage all land sustainably. Agencies and organizations working to address these key challenges will explore this message a ...

Press Release
#75122
2010-11-12

Expanding scientific expertise for the implementation of the new Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 12 November 2010 – The Consortium of Scientific Partners to the Convention on Biological Diversity continues to grow as three new members signed, on the margins of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, a memorandum ...

Press Release
#75090
2010-11-11

A Table from the Sea’s Edge - Artwork in celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 11 November 2010 – During the historic United Nations summit on biodiversity recently concluded in Nagoya, Japan, an object that gained great attention from conference delegates was a large table and chairs crafted from driftwood. Created by British furniture-maker and artist Silas Bir ...

Press Release
#75021
2010-11-08

First Regional Response to the Nagoya Outcomes Will Be Elaborated in the Arab Region

Cairo/Manama/Montreal, 8 November 2010 – Just a month after the Nagoya biodiversity summit, government officials of Arab countries will gather in Cairo on 29-30 November 2010 to elaborate national and regional responses to the Nagoya outcomes.

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